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At least not in the way we perceive them now, he suggests

The Disappeared, By Kim Echlin

A love that pulses in the killing fields

'Journalism was an adventure, but now it's time to write'

A Booker-nominated novelist tells Matthew Bell why he cut his teeth as a foreign reporter

My Secret Life: KD Lang

Singer-songwriter, 47

Album: Magnolia Electric Co, Josephine, (Secretly Canadian)

Said it before but it's worth repeating: Jason Molina is one of the great unsung heroes of authentic American music.

Mottershead set to reach agreement over defamation suit with Travelzest

Chris Mottershead, the suspended boss of AIM-listed travel company Travelzest, is set to settle with the firm over a defamation suit, filed after allegations linking him to misappropriation of funds.

Mood music can help babies cope with pain

Playing music to babies in hospital can ease their pain and help with feeding, according to research published today.

Album: Richard Swift, The Atlantic Ocean, (Secretly Canadian)

In spite of his opening lines – "I'm part of the scene/ Suit jacket and jeans/ I've got the right LPs" – it's hard to see how Swift fits into the grand scheme of things.

Kent Henry: Guitarist with Steppenwolf and Blues Image

Best known for the evocative blues rock of “Ride Captain Ride”, which made the US Top Five in the summer of 1970, the band Blues Image lost several of their members to more successful American groups of the era.

Canadian man jailed for failed UK bomb plot

A judge sentenced a Canadian man to 10-and-a-half-years in prison today for plotting with a group of British Muslims to bomb buildings and natural gas lines in the United Kingdom.

Letters: Freedom of speech

Freedom of speech – even for odious views

Album: Woodpigeon, Treasury Library Canada, (End of the Road)

Beardy orchestral folk-rock best listened to in front of a crackling log fire... it would be all too easy to dismiss Calgary's Woodpigeon as just another band looking to infiltrate Fleet Foxes' den.

Dom Joly: I take it back about Eddie the Eagle – winter sports require real balls

Weird World of Sport: The G-force is so great you feel the air forced out of your lungs. Youcan't breathe in

Dexter: the serial killer loses his mojo

Michael C Hall plays a charming and sympathetic murderer in the hit TV show Dexter – and now the knives are out for him, the actor tells Gerard Gilbert

Ignatieff: From prime time to Canadian prime minister?

Presenter who helped send Britons to bed wakes up as the next hope for Canadian Liberals. By Leonard Doyle

Shell buys Canadian carbon capture firm

Shell has bought a Candian company that specialises in technology for cleaning up gas emissions. Cansolv, which also has offices in China, has a scrubbing system to remove sulphur dioxide from combustion gases as well as carbon dioxide capture technologies.

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